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Why You Should Hire an Experienced Newark Deportation Lawyer

Newark Deportation Lawyer

There are many good reasons to hire a licensed Newark Deportation Lawyer to handle your case. Whether you are deported or not, can often depend directly on the deportation lawyer that you hired to represent you. An experienced Newark immigration defense lawyer can increase your chances of successfully defending against deportation.

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What an Experienced Newark Deportation Lawyer can do for you in a deportation/removal proceeding.

  • Recognize all forms of relief from deportation/removal you may qualify 
  • Categorize and collect evidence to support your application for relief
  • Determine which witness testimony will be needed
  • Provide your evidence to the immigration judge 
  • Prepare court motions and briefs. This can include including a Motion to Change Venue to move your case to a closer immigration court if you are scheduled for a hearing in another state. 
  • Examining witnesses during your hearing in immigration court 
  • Hiring expert witness, if necessary 
  • Preparing you for your day in immigration court

    Although you are not required to have a deportation lawyer represent you in court, and the government will not provide you with an immigration lawyer, you should understand that hiring an experienced deportation lawyer can improve your chances of successfully defending deportation.

How to select a licensed and experienced Newark Deportation Lawyer

If you're going to hire a Newark Deportation lawyer, you need to do your research. A good lawyer will be worth every penny you pay him, but a poor one may wind up adding to your problems and costing a lot more in the long run.

Here are some tips to help you in finding the best deportation lawyer for your case.

  • Get references. Ask friends, family, or colleagues if they know any good immigration deportation lawyer. People are quick to recommend a good lawyer and even quicker to badmouth a bad one. Be careful, however, as no two cases are alike, so if your friend had a very simple case, it does not mean that the lawyer has experience with a complication one. Also, try to find out about the lawyer's personality. Some layers have fine beside manners, while others are gruff and demeaning. You have to find a lawyer that fits well with your personality. Make sure the lawyer is a member of AILA. Search for a lawyer on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) website. AILA is a primary association of immigration lawyers and attorneys, so you can be reasonably sure that you're speaking to someone who understands immigration law and policies. While membership in AILA is not mandatory to practice immigration law, membership can be a good indication of a lawyer's level of commitment to the practice. You may also search This site lists lawyers in every field and rates them for their knowledge and reputation.
  • Find articles written by the immigration lawyer or written about him/her. Search the Internet for articles written about this Newark deportation lawyer. Make sure these articles are favorable. Look for articles this Newark immigration lawyer has written and read them. In this way, you will find out how the lawyer thinks and the depth of his knowledge. For example, click here.
  • Make a Shortlist of Newark Deportation lawyers Interview the lawyers to find one who matches your needs. Ask about their deportation court experience. Find out if they are deportation lawyers or not and if they have worked with your type of case before. Immigration law is a complicated specialty, so you'll want a lawyer who is experienced with deportation matters. At the consultation, you will be able to determine if the deportation lawyer is understanding, listens to your problems and answer your question clearly. Look for whatever traits you like to see in your lawyer. Make sure that he or she has many years of immigration experience. Compare fee schedules. Some lawyers bill hourly while others charge a flat fee. Find out if there are additional costs such as postage, mailing fees or long-distance charges. In many cases, immigration work can be estimated fairly accurately. Others are quite difficult to predict. An immigration lawyer is more likely to charge an hourly rate for a deportation case, and a flat fee for family-related matters, but you may get the deportation lawyer to accept a flat fee.  This will take the worry that the legal fees can escalate astronomically.
  • Verify credentials of your Newark deportation lawyer. When you believe that you've found a lawyer you feel comfortable with, you should find out if the lawyer is licensed and not under disciplinary action. This link will help you do this.
  • Get a Retainer. You should always receive a retainer from the deportation lawyer, which will clearly state the legal fees and other charges and the manner of payment.

The Immigration Courts in New Jersey

New York



Immigration Judges

Court Administrator


4250 Federal Drive, Room F108
Batavia, NY 14020

Connelly, Steven

Hess, Christopher E.


130 Delaware Avenue, Suite 410
Buffalo, NY 14202

Hochul, Denise
Ruehle, Walter H.

Kerr, Stephanie L.


Downstate Correctional Facility
121 Red Schoolhouse Road
Fishkill, NY 12524

 Sagerman, Roger

Rau, Regina (Acting)

New York City

26 Federal Plaza, 12th Floor,
Room 1237
New York, NY 10278

Bain, Terry A.
Brennan, Noel A.
Cassin, Olivia L.
Christensen, Jesse
Conroy, Charles R.
Cohen, Raisa
Donnolo, Paula
Douchy, Evalyn P.
Gordon-Uruakpa, Vivienne E.
Hom, Sandy K.
Khan, Amiena A.
Kolbe, Margaret
Laforest, Brigitte
Lamb, Elizabeth A.
Leeds, Frederic G.
Loprest, Jr., Frank
Lurye, Maria
McCarthy, James M.
Navarro, Maria E.
Nelson, Barbara A.
Poczter, Aviva
Schoppert, Douglas B.
Segal, Alice
Sichel, Helen
Sponzo, Jem C.
Thompson, Donald
Vomacka, Alan A.
Wright, Virna
Zagzoug, Randa

Rau, Regina (Acting)


Ulster Correctional Facility
Berme Road
P.O. Box 800
Napanoch, NY 12458

Sagerman, Roger

Rau, Regina (Acting)

Varick Street

201 Varick Street, Room 1140
New York, NY 10014

Mulligan, Thomas
Tsankov, Mimi
Weintraub, Lauren F.

Rau, Regina (Acting)

Cases for people living in Newark, New Jersey are scheduled to appear at one of the following offices for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) located at:

New Jersey



Immigration Judges

Court Administrator


625 Evans Street
Room 148A
Elizabeth, NJ 07201

DiCamillo, Angelo J.
Harbeck, Dorothy
Tadal, Mirlande

English, Yolanda (Acting)


970 Broad Street, Room 1200
Newark, NJ 07102

Cheng, David
Chugh, Amit
Finston, Leo A.
Garcy, Annie S.
Manuel, Elise
Rastegar, Ramin
Riefkohl, Alberto J.
Rubin, Shifra

English, Yolanda

The Newark Immigration Court falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is a component of the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are therefore separate from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).



970 Broad Street, Room 1200
Newark, NJ 07102 (link is external)




7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Monday - Thursday), 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Friday)
Window Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Immigration Judges:

David Cheng
Amit Chugh
Leo A. Finston
Annie S. Garcy
Elise Manual
Ramin Rastegar
Alberto J. Riefkohl
Shifra Rubin

Court Administrator:

Yolanda English



For information regarding procedures for practice before the immigration courts, please see the Immigration Court Practice Manual.



According to the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) by the end of January 2018, there were 542,646 pending cases thought the U.S., and those numbers continue to mount. The busiest court in the nation New York currently has 72,344 cases on the docket. Newark comes in sixth among the nearly 60 courts, with 27,228 pending cases, not including the more than 740 cases involving those who are locked up at the Elizabeth Detention Center who face the possibility of a speedier deportation.

Backlog og Deportation Casesin the U.S.

recent study evaluating the New York deportation program found that immigrant detainees who were represented by attorneys won their cases almost 50 percent of the time, a 1,100 percent increase from the mere 4 percent success rate for detainees that are unrepresented. “These statistics demonstrate both what a poor job our current system is doing of securing basic due process for people in immigration court, and what an incredible difference we can make -- for New Jersey's immigrants and for the fairness of our legal system -- with a relatively small investment.”


When it comes to deportation, it would seem that everyone would hire an experienced deportation lawyer to represent him or her, but that is not what always happens. In many places such as Newark, New Jersey, there is a teeming "quasi" underground business of immigration forms preparation. In many instances, these businesses call themselves immigration consultants or Notario Publicos, and some even hide under the guise of travel agents and translations services, and other such businesses. They all charge less than licensed Newark immigration lawyer, but they are unable to provide the service of a true immigration lawyer.

Immigration Consultants

In Newark, New Jersey, as in other cities and states, there are many such immigration consultants who offer to help obtain legal residency. Some of them are honest and hardworking and limit their work to forms preparation without to resorting to making believe that they are licensed New Jersey Immigration Lawyers. Some of the consultants are former employees of the Immigration Service or were U.S. consular employees. As there is NO LICENSE for immigration consultants and NO EXAMINATION needed, you can imagine the inconsistency in the quality of the work. Consultants, unlike a licensed Newark Immigration Lawyer, are not subject to discipline by the Bar Association and normally cannot be held for damages for their work product.

One thing for sure, the immigration consultants, are not permitted to appear at an immigration hearing to represent a client. Not only can they not appear in front of an immigration examiner, they are not permitted to represent anyone in immigration court.

And there is no guarantee that when they complete the immigration forms that they know how to conduct a proper review, the way a licensed Newark Immigration Lawyer would do, to prevent needless complications and possible deportation action.  To make a complaint against an Immigration Consultant click here.

Notario Publico

In the United States, Notaries are authorized to compare signatures and certify "notarize" that the signature on a form is that of the person who is named on the form, take oaths, or certifying a copy of paper. But that is not so in many foreign countries. In Latin countries, Notarios hold an esteemed position very similar to lawyers. The Notario prepares documents and reviews their execution and in some countries may have the power of law.

New immigrants get confused and believe that an American Notary has the same power and place in our society as that of a Notario in their country. The immigrant believing that a Notatio is like a licensed lawyer, hires the Notario and in many cases, find themselves in "hot water." In the United States, most anyone can become a Notary Public, by filling out an application and taking a very simple test. To make a complaint against a Notario Publico click here.

Travel Agencies and Translation Services

There are some travel agencies and Translation services that go well beyond their corporate charter. They engage in similar activities, that the Notario Publico and the Immigration Consultants are doing by acting like a licensed Newark Immigration lawyer. However, in most every case, these agencies do little more than type up the immigration forms, not knowing what the immigration service in truly asking in each question. In many cases, their clients do not get the "Green Card" they believed was forthcoming, instead, they receive a Notice to Appear" for a deportation hearing in Immigration Court.

People that call themselves Professor, Profesora, or professor. They appear to a higher degree, but you must find out the type of diploma he or she received. Someone that did not study law but studied something different, like history, mathematics and any other such bachelor degree are not qualified to legally help anyone, except for no money with immigration matters

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